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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439228620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439228623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The original 2009 book was updated in November 2010 to include most of the material in my newest book, "Programming of Life," as well as new discoveries since originally written (over 50 references from 2010).  Since a "Lite" version of this book is available, no attempt was made to make this version easily understood by people without a strong science background.  See scienceintegrity.org for more information on all three books, including reviews and excerpts.  None of the books take a particular philosophical or theological stance on the science that is empirically observable since any such stance would fall outside empirical science.  The author welcomes scientific criticism and notification of any errors, but criticism based on a philosophical stance will not be considered of value.

About the Author

Earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences and Chemistry. Senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields. Served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years. Taught 20 years in universities in the US and Europe. Maintains "scienceintegrity.org" site.

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Dr. Don Johnson (see video clips from a presentation) has earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He was a senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields, served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years, and taught 20 years in universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Europe. He has made ID-Friendly and Intelligent Design Presentations on most continents, including in Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Germany. He now owns and operates Science Integrity with Website www.scienceintegrity.org, which has more details on the books (including excerpts, reviews, and endorsements), as well as interviews, speaking tours, on-line videos, and other information.

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Very interesting little easy read book.
M. S. Adams
Dr. Johnson's book gives you a good perspective of the various scientific analysis/theories of creation and a good understanding of what "Intelligent Design" means.
Tad Burland
This is a short book at only 111 pages but it packs a wallop.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book by Dr. Johnson provides a good overview of the current state of ID Theory. It contains references to cutting-edge ID research into bio-functionality (such as the FSCI of "Kalinsky", Abel and Trevors) and a very enjoyable discussion about one particularly fascinating design isomorph, the trilobite prosthetic eye. The book is readable and has excellent introductory and closing chapters on the philosophical/psychological resistance to design inferences. These should be required reading for anyone within the debate. Especially enjoyable is a discussion centered around the use of "possible" in scientific papers, before non-zero possibility has ever been demonstrated. This section was a unique insight on his part and should add to the depth of the discussion.

On the weaker side, the book does make use of quotes...a lot. To the point that it may turn some readers off or induce unfair/unsubstantiated cries of "quote-mining." (One should always check the source references, which are provided, for controversial quotes and *always* provide evidence before accusing of quote-mining...) The book may also cause uproar in the discussion of Dawkins' "Weasel" program, which has been a consuming topic of the ID-Darvo blogosphere recently. Although the book does correctly point out that since Dawkins never released his source code we are left to guess and infer what the underlying program structure was, it also only presents only one view of the progam, namely that it is equal to Partitioned Search. There is evidence that the program was not meant to model partitioned search ([...]), so at very least, that view should have also been presented.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Capuano on May 3, 2010
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As an elder and an engineer, I'd always thought I had a pretty good balance between science and religion. I had't noticed over the years, how a strong diet of PBS and Science Channel specials had shifted many of my fundamental beliefs in God, and the nature of creation. I found myself questioning everything, and was becoming quite fatalistic in my 60's. This book changed all that. Over the course of two days my brain experienced a major reality check. As "common thought" and scietific assumptions failed the tests of statistical possibility, the inevitability of an intelligent source to all life began to emerge anew in my reasoning. Certain facts of science should not be explained by religion. But when scientists attempt to explain certain realities of faith through faulty application of methods and reasoning, and then clings to these tenets in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, they just end up looking silly. This is what I came away with from my two day journey. The book was extremely detailed and yet very readable. I give it an A+. It may have been the most significant book I've read in 10 years.Probability's Nature and Nature's Probability: A Call to Scientific Integrity
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Royal Truman on October 17, 2010
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This book draws attention to several problems with the reigning (materialist) view of how life began. Dr. Johnson focuses a lot on probability issues and the source of information.
The book is easy to read and offers a large number of thoughts worth ruminating about.

The book illustrates the advantages and pitfalls of self-publishing. On the one hand, the price is unbeatable and was brought to market quickly. On the other hand, there is room for improvement in how the material is organized. Although the quotes and thoughts make sense individually, the chapters and sections could be organized more coherently. Additional diagrams would also be much appreciated.

I urge everyone to get a copy and watch for the other book he is coming out with.
Dr. Royal Truman
Mannheim, Gemany
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Clay Ritter on March 24, 2009
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Dr Johnson brings a fresh dose of truth to a contentious subject! Too many people have been silenced by the vocal critics, who argue that to acknowledge a 'designer' means that you have rejected science. Dr Johnson examines the intricacies of life, applies sound logic and analysis, and demonstrates that life as we know it could not have simply sprung up from non-life. This book may challenge your intellect, but I believe it will will also challenge your pre-held presumptions about the theory we call evolution!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sumimus on November 26, 2009
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The book's main objective is to demonstrate that Intelligent Design
(ID) is empirically detectable. In nine short chapters, the
author swiftly covers broad domains such as probability calculations,
hypotheses on the origin of mass and energy in the universe, life
building blocks (e.g., DNA, enzymes, nucleotides, amino acids),
hypotheses on the origin of life (e.g., RNA world, panspermia),
information content in life, and why intelligent design matter.

The main turn off of the book is its usage of a large number of long
quotations of numerous scientific papers and popular books. Some
chapters are mostly made of quotations. At some point I would have
liked the author to stop quoting other people's work and present a
synthesis of his own ideas in his own words. Quotations amount to at
least 20% of the text, and I would not be surprised if the count is
actually above 30%. I was left with the impression that the author
strung together his reading notes to form the entire book. The author,
also, abruptly transitions from one subject to the next without any
explanations, which makes it very difficult to follow his reasoning.

The author introduces many technical aspects but in many cases without
first stating the objectives. I often looked ahead a few pages to
understand where the author was going. For instance, Einstein's
General Theory of Relativity is introduced in Chapter 3 for apparently
no reason. Its introduction still remain quite obscure to me. Another
example: the presentation of the Avida software (Chapter 7,
pp. 77-79). The author has one page introducing some details about it,
but we do not see until the end why it is important to read these
details.
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